This week I've made an extra effort to look at the questions, comments and other posts on this site and have thought a lot about what others are going through: painful intercourse, early menopause because of surgery, difficulty with intimacy for a variety of reasons. These are very tough problems we face at this point in our lives, when you'd hope that things would get a little easier, not so much harder.
I'd like to make a plea to all of us who come to this online community that we start nurturing each other a little more. The support of other women going through the same thing or the insights of our "sisters" can really help us all get through this. Maybe you don't have a scientific or medical answer to a question, but if you have an opinion, or even a verbal hug, please share it!
I love getting your comments to my posts, even the ones that take issue with what I've said. I especially appreciate the women who write to tell me their experiences have been so different from mine. And why not? We're all very different, it makes sense that our symptoms, attitudes, problems and solutions will be different. A hundred minds are better than one or two. So pitch in and give your sisters some help, some hope.
Take the issue of hot flashes. I've written about various strategies for dealing with hot flashes, but I just KNOW that there are lots of you out there who have ways of coping that I've never considered. Speak up, girl! Write to me and to the rest of us! Look at the questions, and reach out to someone whose question speaks to you. If you've got an idea, send it on. We're all friends here, and we're all in the same boat, trying to make the best of a bad situation. I know that there are helpful ideas and comments out there from you--so please share.
I know this to be the case: Sometimes sharing can make your own misery seem a little better. So talk to your sisters. Offer up a little help and hope.
Published On: October 09, 2008